Patient Safety

  • University of Michigan Health System Creates Solution to Prevent Retained Surgical Items
    The University of Michigan Health System has created a new system using state-of-the-art technologies to insure that no foreign objects are left behind during surgery, reducing potentially serious medical errors. “Having a foreign object left behind during surgery is ...More
    February 6, 2012 Posted in News
  • CLABSIs at Hospitals Disclosed Nationwide
    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is now disclosing for the first time how hospitals across the country compare when it comes to central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. CLABSI information for each hospital is ...More
    February 1, 2012 Posted in News
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 4-10, 2012
    Patient Safety Awareness Week will take place March 4-10, 2012. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is the founding sponsor of Patient Safety Awareness Week and has led the event since 2002. This year’s theme highlights the need for everyone to understand the ...More
    January 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • Medicare Study Shows Most Medical Errors Go Unreported
    A new study released the first week in January 2012 by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting 14 percent of all medical errors and usually don't change their practices ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Highlights Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Patients and Healthcare Providers
    A new UCLA study shows that physicians who work shorter shifts are less likely to make mistakes during medical procedures. Dr. Christian De Virgilio, lead investigator at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor- UCL A Medical Center (LA BioMed), led a team ...More
    December 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Pre-Surgery Exam Rates Vary Widely Among Hospitals
    Hospitals vary greatly in the number of patients who see an internal medicine specialist before major non-cardiac surgery, with rates ranging from 5 percent of patients to 90 percent, new research has found. The findings are important because they suggest there are no ...More
    December 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Partnership for Patients Initiative to Improve Hospital Care
    Hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare-acquired conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ...More
    December 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • U-M Hospitals Win Award for Being Among the Safest
    The University of Michigan hospitals are among the safest and most effective hospitals in the country, according to a new national ranking from the respected independent healthcare quality rating organization, The Leapfrog Group. This is the second year in a row, and third ...More
    December 7, 2011 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Hospital Safety Climate Linked to Both Patient and Nurse Injuries, Study Reveals
    A safe working environment for nurses is also a safe environment for the patients in their care, according to a new study led by public health researchers at Drexel University. Researchers, led by Dr. Jennifer Taylor, an assistant professor in Drexel’s School of Public ...More
    November 7, 2011 Posted in News, Policies and Practice
  • AAMI Creates Glossary to Help End Confusion Surrounding 'Adverse Event' Terms
    The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has created a glossary of terms and suggested meanings related to adverse events. The glossary, available for free at, was created by AAMI’s Clinical Engineering Management ...More
    October 18, 2011 Posted in News